Flooding Chaos In Bathgate

24 February 2016, 15:51

A burst water main has caused severe flooding in a west Lothian town.

The pipe ruptured at about 8.20am on Wednesday in Meikle Inch Lane and Mosside Terrace, Bathgate, causing 17 buildings to flood.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service group manager Alan Horberry said: "We are working closely with Scottish Water, West Lothian Council and Police Scotland to ensure public safety throughout this incident.''

Specially-trained water rescue crews are at the scene to pump water away from the flooded buildings.

Fire crews have erected sand bags and diverted the floodwater into a nearby river.

A police spokesman said: "Police in West Lothian responded to Mosside Terrace in Bathgate at around 8.20am on Wednesday after a ruptured water main resulted in extensive flooding within the street.

"Several households have been affected and local officers continue to work alongside colleagues from West Lothian Council, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Water to evacuate residents and stop the flooding.

"Members of the public are advised to avoid the area during this multi-agency operation.''

Police have closed Leyland Road and Meikle Inch Lane.